Short Gardening Tips on Winter

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As you probably noticed winter is here. Sean Bean couldn't say it better, so I will quote - "Brace yourselves". Brace your garden as well. You should've planted your bulbs already, January was your nature's deadline. Snow is not your enemy unless you treat it with disrespect. It is okay to have some preparations done before it hits the fan. Here are some suggestions for your winter garden's survival. I mean you would need them carrots to give this snowman a nose after all, right?

So how do you proceed saving nature from itself?

First off, a good start would be to keep an eye on your garden even if don't expect winter vegetables any soon. When you salt the snow, be cautious to prevent it from getting near your precious plants. Remember – you put the ingredients in the salad AFTER you harvest the tomatoes. It might burn them. Also make sure you don't forget them fertile bulbs under the ground for too long, because that might dry them out and you don't want that.

As I said January would be your deadline, because usually that's when winter hits hard, at least in most places. Truth to be told you can plant stuff as much as you want unless the ground is icy and frozen. Best option is to be done planting by the end of November. If you have any ideas about planting evergreen trees just stop reading this article, go, do it, and then come back. Prolonging will just give the winter time to screw you over by freezing the ground, which is its main purpose in life.

You can also evacuate your more delicate herbs in containers, placing them somewhere safe, be it under some overhang, on your balcony, or under your bed even, if you feel like it. You can cover the so important carrots and all the other root-like vegetables with an old piece of blanket if it snows hard.

Now about that soil – it's important to loosen it a bit before it starts snowing, which will mix the compost, provide aeration and improve its nutrient quality for your plants. But you should not only keep them satisfied. If you have a bird feeder make sure it's loaded. Supporting wildlife in your garden means wildlife will support your garden later. Mulching is also a must-do since it provides additional protection to your soil and bulbs.

Let's not forget the late winter pruning. In general: just do it when the weather's dry; try to save the branches that form the shape of the tree, but of course diseased ones should be removed. 

Finally, you can give your garden some lively look by planting some holly bushes, an evergreen tree here and there or some wisteria vines, making it look all greeny and violety. Just remember to shake off the branches from the snow, because it might either break or permanently change your trees' branches' shape. And your live Christmas tree will look really sad with those crestfallen branches. Your snowman is now proud of you.

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